Many men and women face the problem of urinary incontinence. It’s an embarrassing problem so no one discusses it openly.
In most cases, incontinence is caused by stress and urinary tract infections (UTI). But it can also be caused by chronic illness such as enlarged prostate in men, obstruction and other neurological disorders. Loss of bladder control is also a common problem during or after pregnancy. In rare cases, urinary incontinence can be a side-effect of multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease.
Luckily, there are many ways to control incontinence. You could also try a natural bladder control formula Flotrol bladder control to help you deal with the problem in an effective way.
Do you feel stuck in the moment? Scared and overwhelmed, not knowing what to do or how to take back control of your life?
You want to move on, but you don’t know where to start. Even if you do, it’s scary to stand at the beginning of a long, challenging journey like working on your recovery or going after your dreams. Like Guy Kawasaki said, “The hardest thing about getting started is getting started.”
If you feel like you’re drowning in the mud, pause for a moment and take a step back. Breathe in deeply and slowly until you feel calmer and clear-headed. Then, get all your concerns, to-do’s and plans out of your head and unto paper. That way, it’s easier to see what your priorities are and which activities you can delete or delegate.
Finally, the ‘only’ thing left to do, is actually doing what needs to be done. The only one who can change your life is you, so stop waiting for permission or that perfect timing that will never come. Just take the first step – no matter how tiny – and you’ll discover that once you get started, it gets easier to keep moving forward.
Take a look at these 12 quotes that will motivate you to take action and get one step closer to your goal today.
What’s it really like to live with chronic health problems every day? How do you deal with the physical symptoms, emotional turmoil and practical problems? In this interview series, real life ‘spoonies’ share their experiences and tips.
Charis is a twenty-something business management student from Singapore. On Chronically Charis, she chronicles her journey with Fibromyalgia and shares how to live intentionally with chronic illness.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi my name is Charis! I’m from sunny Singapore and I run the blog www.chronicallycharis.com where I write about my journey with Fibromyalgia. I’m in my early twenties and I’m currently a full-time student in business management. I love food, makeup, yoga, and travel and when I’m not resting in bed you’ll find me discovering delicious(and gluten-free) food about town 🙂 If you want to follow my misadventures with chronic illness, do check out my blog and follow me on Instagram at @chronicallycharis.
When did you first get sick?
I’ve been sick pretty much half my life now! It’s scary to say it out loud but honestly, it hasn’t been that bad. I first started feeling really tired and getting fevers and aches all the time when I was about 14/15 but my doctors just thought it was “stress” or “growing pains”. As I grew older, the symptoms started to get worse and I developed a lot of stomach problems, even necessitating a hospitalization. Much later, I discovered that my stomach problems were actually gluten and lactose intolerances, which many people with fibromyalgia have. After many trips to see specialists, a rheumatologist finally diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. It’s a diagnosis of omission (I tested negative of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus which quite a few doctors suspected my disease to be at first) but to be perfectly frank, it was a huge relief to know that my disease had a name instead of thinking it was all inside my head!
Unlike those playground years, it’s a lot more challenging to make new friends as an adult. Everyone’s busy with work, travel or family, so most of us spend our precious time with the people we already know and love.
When you’re a grownup with a chronic illness, forming and maintaining friendships becomes even more difficult. How and where do you meet interesting people when don’t have the energy to go out after work, or worse, when you can barely leave your home?
Even if you’re able to socialize, you probably face some obstacles. Maybe your illness forces you to open up about personal things early on, or you’d love to hang out but struggle to share your limitations without scaring someone off. It might also be hard for relative strangers to understand how your chronic illness affects your everyday life.
Does that mean it’s impossible to make new friends when you’re chronically ill? Of course not – just like everything else related to health problems, it’s only more challenging.
Take a look at 7 ideas how you can still meet new people and grow supportive friendships despite chronic illness.
We’ve all experienced how singing along to your favorite tunes or trusting your thoughts to your diary can make you feel better. But did you know that regularly engaging in creative activities actually boosts your happiness and health?
Art therapy is a kind of therapy that uses creative self-expression in the form of painting, drawing or sculpting to support the diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems. Other creative activities like music, dancing and writing are also praised for their health benefits.
Studies show that art therapy not only provides distraction, but also relieves stress and improves your mental health. Because visual art transcends language, it helps people express emotions that are hard to put into words. Even celebrated artists like Frida Kahlo and Van Gogh probably turned to painting as an emotional outlet, to help them cope with disability and mental illness. What’s more, being creative can evoke positive emotions like joy, awe and inspiration – all of which help build your resilience.
Art in all its forms can even promote your physical health. Recent research reveal that art therapy reduces pain when offered during acute hospitalizations. Listening to your favorite music also results into requiring less pain medication after surgery and boosts your brain health. Finally, dance training turns out to be a helpful tool in rehabilitation settings, to improve the balance and gait of patients with reduced mobility.
Pretty impressive, right? So how can you apply art therapy in your own life to boost your health and happiness?
First of all, you should know that art therapy has less to do with being ‘artistic’ than you might think. It’s about expressing yourself in a creative way, for your own pleasure and self-development. You don’t need special skills or difficult techniques. So silence your inner critic and perfectionist tendencies and take a look at these44 creative ideas to get started.
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